Board of Education

Board of Education
40 South Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550
Phone 301.334.8931
Fax 301.334.7621

Minutes January 11, 2000




Oakland, Maryland 21550

Tuesday, January 11, 2000


                Part I - Call to Order

        Mr. James Raley, President of the Garrett County Board of Education, called the meeting to order at approximately 3:30 p.m. Members in attendance included Mr. Rodney Durst, Vice President; Mrs. Madeleine Collins, Mrs. Camilla Rawe, and Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, associate members; and Dr. Wendell Teets, Superintendent of Schools.

                Part II - Public Comment

        There was no public comment at this time.

                Part III - Election of Officers

        In order to conduct the election of president of the Board of Education, Mr. Raley relinquished the chair to Dr. Teets who asked for nominations. Mr. Durst was nominated by Mr. Raley. After a motion by Mrs. Rawe and a second by Mrs. Collins to close the nominations, the Board voted, 4-0, to elect Mr. Durst as president. Mr. Durst abstained from voting. Mr. Durst then assumed the chair and asked for nominations for the vice presidency. Mrs. Sebold nominated Mrs. Collins. Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold and a second by Mrs. Rawe to close the nominations, Mrs Collins was elected, 4-0, to serve as vice president. Mrs. Collins abstained from voting.

                Part IV - Executive Session

        Upon a motion by Mrs. Rawe, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board of Education unanimously agreed to move to executive session in accordance with Public School Law 4-106 and Section 10-508 of the State Government Title to discuss personnel matters affecting one or more individuals, to protect the privacy or reputation of individuals with respect to a matter that is not related to public business, and to conduct collective bargaining negotiations or consider matters that relate to the negotiations. Dr. Teets; Dr. Brenda McCartney, Assistant Superintendent; and Mr. Ervin Fink, Director of Finance/Human Resources were present during all or part of the executive session. In conjunction with the above, the Board discussed appointments, resignations, leave without pay, volunteer coaches, bus assistants and drivers, and a release of bus contract.

                Part V - Return to Public Session

        Miss Stephanie Forman, student Board member, joined the meeting at this time.

        At 5:05 p.m. Mr. Durst re-opened the public session. Mrs. Rawe read a poem and offered an invocation, after which Mrs. Collins led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

                Part VI - Acceptance of Agenda

        Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the agenda was accepted with the addition of AMABE Bulletin, Vol. 11, No. 1" and the ADecember 1999 Attendance Bulletin@ under Item. 15. Information Items, and time to discuss an upcoming MABE dinner under Item 12. Board Concerns.

                Part VII - Announcements

        Dr. Teets announced a Winter Technology Meeting would be held on January 19, 2000 at the Silver Tree Restaurant and that he would be attending a legislative breakfast on January 18, 2000.

                Part VIII - Approval of Minutes of December 14, 1999

        Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Minutes of December 14, 1999, were approved with editorial corrections on pages 3146 and 3148, and the inclusion of the undesignated carryover amount of $548,582 as additional explanation of total fund equity in Part VIII., paragraph one.

                Part IX - Student Recognition

        Dr. Teets introduced Brianna Thayer, senior student from Southern High School, whose design was chosen as the Board=s Christmas card for 1999. Dr. Teets also recognized Miss Thayer=s parents and Mrs. Sonia Pratt, her art teacher, noting the difficulty choosing from among the many creative designs submitted by Mrs. Pratt=s students. Miss Thayer was presented with a framed copy of the Christmas card as the Board offered their appreciation of her talent and thanked her for coming to the Board meeting.

                Part X - Presentation to Mr. Raley

        In recognition of his past year as Board President, Dr. Teets presented Mr. Raley with the traditional gavel signed by members of the Board, and thanked him on behalf of the Board members and staff for his efforts and service to the students of Garrett County.

                Part XI - Instruction

        Dr. Patricia Mullinix, Coordinator of Research, Evaluation and Information, presented Board Policy 344.1 Test Security and Data Reporting for information, pointing out changes and noting that page 3 of 3 (Test Administration and Certification of Training Form) is completely new and duplicates a MSDE form given to all accountability coordinators in the state. She explained that individuals who are trained as test examiners and proctors must sign off that they have received training. Board Policy 344.1 will be brought back to the February meeting for action.

        Mr. Martin Green, Director of Secondary Education 9-12, presented the Northern High School draft Course Descriptions for the High School Program of Studies with its accompanying page, AInterpreting This Guide.@ He noted the guide, which reflects offerings at both high schools, will be distributed as part of a packet to students as they begin scheduling for the 2000-2001year. Mr. Green explained the guide included courses organized by department, with information regarding the suggested minimum grade level at which a student may enroll in the course, pre-requisites needed, credit(s) earned upon completion, and a course description for each class. He differentiated between honors, merit, and special classes, noting he will bring ECAP criteria to the next Board meeting for information. Extensive discussion followed relative to honors and merit classes, weighted classes (for class rank only), AP class offerings, the comparative success between the four-period day and traditional classes, commonality between the high schools=scheduling, and changes in course descriptions to correlate with program changes.

        Dr. McCartney presented Administrative Procedure 454.1 Preventing Sexual Harassment, noting revision was made for the sake of clarity to specifically refer to students in the Pupil Services section of the Policy and Procedure Manual. She noted the procedure will be distributed at the January A&S meeting, and the seriousness of the issue will be reviewed and re-emphasized.

        Dr. McCartney noted she will pursue a new grant, ASchools for Success: Goals 2000, Year VI@ in the amount of $200,000, renewable for two years. The focus of the grant will be for middle school level to employ two reading specialists to provide staff development to teachers of middle school level students, and to purchase materials to support reading in the content areas.

        Dr. McCartney presented an overview of AEvery Child Achieving: A Plan for Meeting the Needs of the Individual Learner,@ an academic intervention plan to provide effective strategies which allow students to maintain progress toward meeting performance standards of MSPAP and high school assessments. The document, adopted in October 1999 by MSDE, offered AAcademic Intervention,@ AEducator Capacity,@ AStudent Readiness,@ and AResources@ as areas to be addressed at the local level to provide guidance in the area of curriculum and instruction for each student. It was noted that Mr. Durst served on the state committee to develop the AStudent Readiness@ section. Dr. McCartney stated a committee will be formed to more formally look at Garrett County=s implementation plans.

                Part XII - Administration

        After review by Mr. Ervin Fink, Director of Finance and Human Resources, the Board agreed to the following FY 2001 Budget Calendar:

                        Director=s Review of Proposed Budgets                                          January 21, 2000

                        Compilation of Budget Submissions                                                  January 28, 2000

                        Board of Education Review of Submissions to Superintendent

                                (Special Board Meeting @ 6:00 p.m.)                                     February 23, 2000

                        Presentation of Superintendent=s Budget to Public                           February 28, 2000

                                (Garrett Community College @ 7:00 p.m.)

                        Board of Education Action on the Budget                                         March 14, 2000 Board Meeting

        After Board action on the FY 2001 Budget, it will be submitted to the County Commissioners.

                Part XIII - Board Concerns

        Upon a motion by Mr. Raley, seconded by Mrs. Rawe, the Board unanimously voted to change the regular meeting time from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., with public session to reopen at 5:30 p.m. Upon a motion by Mrs. Sebold, seconded by Mr. Raley, the Board unanimously voted to have Mr. Robert Watson, Esquire remain as Board attorney. Upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, seconded by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously voted to retain the services of Rodeheaver & Associates as auditor for the current year.

        Mr. Durst asked Board members to select committees on which to serve for the current year. They are as follows:

o       Teacher Education Coordinating Council                                                     Camilla Rawe (M. Collins, alternate)

o       Health Advisory Committee                                                                            Charlotte Sebold (R. Durst, alternate)

o        Hickory Env. Ed. Center Advisory Committee                                              James Raley (C. Rawe, alternate)

o         Multicultural Advisory Panel                                                                          Madeleine Collins (C. Sebold, alternate)

o        Wellness Council                                                                                              Charlotte Sebold (C. Rawe, alternate)

o        Food & Nutrition Advisory Council                                                              Madeleine Collins (C. Sebold, alternate)

o        Fine Arts Advisory Council                                                                             James Raley (C. Rawe, alternate)

o        Advisory Committee on Work Force Preparation                                        Charlotte Sebold (M. Collins, alternate)

o        Advisory Committee on Education (ACE)                                                     Madeleine Collins (C. Sebold, alternate)

o        Ethics Panel                                                                                                         Rodney Durst (C. Sebold, alternate)

o        Western MD Economic Dev. Task Force  (Education sub-committee)    Madeleine Collins (C. Sebold, alternate)

o        Insurance Coalition                                                                                            Madeleine Collins (C. Rawe, alternate)

o        MABE Budget and Planning                                                                            Rodney Durst (M. Collins, alternate)

o        MABE Legislative Committee                                                                          Rodney Durst (C. Sebold, alternate)

o        MABE Federal Relations Network                                                                   Rodney Durst

o        Legal Services Association                                                                               Madeleine Collins (E. Fink, alternate)

        Mr. Raley suggested MABE should be aware that evening meetings would allow for more participation by working board members. Mr. Durst will take that suggestion to the next MABE meeting. Mr. Durst will serve as chairperson for the MABE Budget and Planning Committee this year.

        Mr. Ernest Gregg, County Commissioner, joined the meeting at 6:55 p.m.

                Part XIV - Public Comment

        There was no public comment at this time. The Board took a short break at 7:10 p.m.

                Part XV- Board Concerns, continued

        Dr. Teets reviewed MABE=s annual Legislative Day event which will be held Thursday, February 3, 2000 in Annapolis, Maryland. All Board members indicated they would attend. Dr. Teets will invite Delegate George Edwards and Senator John Hafer to join the Board and himself for lunch on that day. A notice of meeting will be distributed to the press.

        Mr. Durst noted that dues to MABE and LSA will need to remain budgeted the same as this year for FY 2001, although a plan by MABE to merge the funds is being considered.

        Mrs. Collins will attend a state dinner with the State Board of Education on February 22, 2000, at the Omni Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore. Mr. Raley will serve as alternate.

        Mr. Durst indicated he would attend, as a representative of MABE, a national round table to discuss vouchers on January 28-30, 2000.

        If an additional Board meeting is necessary for negotiations, the Board will meet on January 25, 2000 at 6:00 p.m., in executive session.

                Part XVI - Appeals 99-01 and 99-02 Opinions and Decisions

        In the matter of the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools for the expulsion of a student, the following Board Appeal 99-01, Opinion and Decision was rendered:

            The Garrett County Board of Education cannot condone the actions on the part of the Appellant, but does recognize the unusual and extenuating circumstances in the case. The evidence presented indicates involvement in the activity but to a lesser degree than indicated during the conference conducted with the school administration, and is the testimony of the Appellant.

            The Board further recognizes that such actions must be dealt with in an appropriate manner in order to maintain a safe and orderly environment in school. It is therefore, the recommendation of the Garrett County Board of Education to place the Appellant in the alternative school program for the remainder of the 1999-2000 school year.

            Therefore, by unanimous vote, the Garrett County Board of Education overrules the decision of the Superintendent in the matter of the expulsion.

        In the matter of the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools for the expulsion of a student, the following Board Appeal 99-02, Opinion and Decision was rendered:

            Therefore, the Garrett County Board of Education, due to the compelling evidence, the admission of the Appellant and the serious nature of the life threatening e-mail messages presented during Appeal 99-02, by unanimous vote, upholds the expulsion decision of the Superintendent for the remainder of the 1999-2000 school year.

                Part XVII - Personnel

        Upon the recommendation of Dr. Teets, Mrs. Collins moved, with a second from Mrs. Sebold, that the following personnel action be approved:

o   Resignations:     Patricia Yoder, Family Support Worker, effective 1/14/00

                                    Wendy Craver, Cheerleading Advisor, SH, effective 1/11/00

                                    Diane Arnett, Cheerleading Advisor, SH, effective 1/1/1/00

o   Leave Without Pay:        Naomi Beitzel, Instructional Assistant, GV, 3 days

o   Appointment:                  Tamara Virts, 5.5 hours/day Cafeteria Worker, BR, effective 1/18/00

o   Volunteer Coaches:     Galen Kamp, Wrestling, NH

                                                John Toston, Wrestling, NH

o   Release of Bus Contract:        Gary Aaron Bittinger, Bus #56

o   Approval of Drivers:        Jill Morgan for Genevieve Miller

                                                   Jesse Opel for James Carey

                                                   Gail Hebb for Maxine Johnson

                                                   Jennifer Savage for J. Lininger Co.

                                                   William Durst for anyone

o   Approval of Assistants:   Melissa Mellinger for anyone

                                                      Robin Sines for Wayne Collier, Inc.

                                                      Sheila Lewis for Samuel Thomas

                                                      Lisa Davis for James Schmidt

o   Deletion of Drivers:             Gary Friend

                                                    Raymond Yoder

                                                    Mike Uphole

The Board unanimously approved the personnel recommendations.

                Part XVIII - Return to Executive Session

        By consensus, the Board moved to executive session to consider matters related to negotiations.

                Part XIX - Information Items

a.   School Enrichment Program Incentive Grant - FY2000 (Dr. Forrester: 1/4/00)

b.    Winter Technology Summit: January 19, 2000 - Information Sheet (C. Trautwein: 1/4/00)

c.    November 1999 Attendance Bulletin

d.    Home & School Connection, January 2000

e.    Maryland Schools Update 1999 (MSDE) (Board member packets only)

f.    1999 Maryland School Performance Report: State and School Systems (MSDE)

g.    MSDE Bulletin, Vol. 11, No. 1

h.    December 1999 Attendance Bulletin

                Part XX - Reconvene in Public Session and Adjournment

        At 9:28 p.m., Mr. Durst reconvened in public session. Seeing no further business, upon a motion by Mrs. Collins, and a second by Mrs. Sebold, the Board unanimously voted to adjourn at 9:30 p.m.


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Rodney L. Durst Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:  February 8, 2000